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Lineberry Alliance Proposed By-Laws and Founding Meeting

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Last May we posted an update about creating a board of directors and organizing the Lineberry Alliance. Currently, we are just a loose association of neighborhood organizations and HOA groups that collaborate over email, share solutions to neighborhood problems, and connect with each other to swap recommendations, recipes, babysitters, etc. It’s been a few months since you’ve had an update on the organizational efforts. It’s time to share with you a draft of our mission statement, by-laws, and announce our founding meeting to be held on Thursday March 3, 2011. (more…)

PROP Training for Landlords, Real Estate Agents set for October

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Landlords, real estate agents, and property managers in the Lineberry area should take advantage of this training to educate themselves on how the PROP can impact their ability to rent their property and how to help draft an effective lease to attract good renters and enforce the quality of life issues that often deteriorate our neighborhoods.

CITY OF RALEIGH TO OFFER LANDLORD TRAINING PROGRAM ON OCT. 20

Registration is open to enroll in the City of Raleigh’s Landlord Training Program, a one-day course for rental property owners and managers, real estate agents, lawyers and others who deal with rental issues. The last training program for 2010 is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Housing Authority’s multi-purpose community room, located at 971 Harp St.

To register in advance, mail in the completed registration form (more…)

Lineberry Alliance Tips for Students Fall 2009 Edition

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Students, welcome to the neighborhood! We hope you have a successful Fall 2009 Semester. Move-in weekend was busy around N.C. State’s campus and we know that you’re probably busy getting things in order for classes. We wanted to take a few minutes to provide you with some essential information that could make your living experience in our neighborhoods safe, enjoyable, and friendly.

We’d like to first start off by providing some tips that will help you get going in our neighborhoods:

  • Get to know your neighbors. You should know your immediate neighbors. Go introduce yourselves, exchange numbers, emails, etc. They don’t have to be your new best friends, but when you think about crime prevention, your neighbor is a good ally.
  • Our trash, recycling, and yard waste collection day in SouthWest Raleigh is every Thursday (unless there is a holiday). The city also provides other services like bulky load pick-up or special load pick-up if you can’t get everything into your city-issued bin. The city requires that trash bins be brought in by Friday at 7:00 PM, we don’t want our neighborhoods to have trash bins out all week long. Get all the info you need from how to get a recycling bin to what items are recycled at the cities page for: Garbage, Recycling and Yardwaste.
  • Party up? Volume down. Our area has traditionally been known to have a party or two. Residents have been actively calling 9-1-1 on party-goers that are too loud or violate the noise ordinance that starts at 11:00 PM. As we previously wrote, Parties Could Get Pricey, tickets are being issued with zero tolerance and will count as a strike in the PROP (see below) when a citation is issued. A conviction is no longer needed, only a citation now.
    • Be a good neighbor and keep the noise down. Make sure your guests know this is a family neighborhood. It will make things a lot easier on everyone that lives here. We’re sure that you also appreciate a nice, quiet environment to study in.
  • Park only in designated parking spots. Some neighborhoods have restricted parking like NO PARKING zones. We recommend that you do not park in no parking zones as you will get ticketed and it will cost you $30. Also, for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, don’t park on sidewalks, block driveways, or park in areas that obstruct views. Those are cities rules, not ours.
  • Drive with respect. Because this is our, and now your neighborhood, we ask that you watch your speed. There are a lot of kids and active people in our area. Most streets in our area like Lineberry Drive, Sierra Drive, and Trailwood Hills drive are 35 MPH. Some are 25 MPH. People seem to think that Trailwood Drive is a speedway to Avent Ferry, when in fact it’s 35-40 MPH. You can go slower if you want, there’s no rush, classes will still be there. Raleigh Police Department (RPD) has been known to hand out speeding tickets like hotcakes. You’ve been warned ;)
  • Maintain your yard. Keeping your grass cut and your yard tidy is important not only for public health and welfare, but for crime prevention and neighborhood curb appeal. We’re not asking you to make the next JC Raulston Arboretum, but a well-maintained yard helps make our neighborhood look welcoming to guests and new neighbors. There are also numerous businesses in our neighborhood that specialize in landscape services.
  • Fireworks are illegal and often mistaken for gunshots. No one likes to think there are gunshots in our vicinity and with the hot, dry days, it also becomes a fire hazard. We do not want a neighbor to lose their home or have property damaged because of fireworks.

A lot of people live in this area because they love the location. We are convenient to NCSU, downtown, I-40, and have great shopping close-by. We also enjoy a great quality of life and a broad diversity of neighbors.

All of our neighborhoods have sidewalks on major streets which are great for exercising. We recently got new crosswalks along Lineberry Drive after requesting them back in January 2009. If you travel along Trailwood Drive, you’ve probably noticed our new traffic signal, it’s nice to have those improvements at that intersection.

The City of Raleigh made some updates recently to some ordinances that effect our neighborhoods:

  • For those of you renting, you need to be aware of the Probationary Rental Occupancy Permit Ordinance (PROP). The PROP now requires your landlords to be registered with the city and is focused on addressing the problem rental properties in established neighborhoods. Properties could start acquiring “strikes” in the PROP program for nuisance violations such as grass that is too tall, parties that are too loud, trash in the yard, and other public health, welfare, and quality of life issues. You can find out more on the cities website:
  • All residents using Raleigh’s water are under year-round water restrictions. Find out more: City Of Raleigh Water Restrictions
  • If you have a dog, you may want to read up on the new tethering rules: Prepare For Dog Tethering Ordinance

How to get involved

Thanks to Sheryl (Trailwood Hills), Danielle (Whitehurst Townhomes), Merri Beth (Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate), and Chad (Trailwood Springs) for contributing to this post.

House Move on Evergreen Scars Neighbors

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

A house that was recently moved on April 13, 2008 to 1600 Evergreen Avenue left a trail of damage for neighbors to figure out how they are going to repair the damage. Most complaints center around mailboxes that were haphazardly taken out & not replaced correctly, mailboxes permanently damaged, street signs installed in the wrong direction, damage to trees, and just general disorder about how this situation was handled.  There were “Advanced Notices” sent in the form of flyers attached to mailboxes to inform neighbors of the upcoming move.

The good news is that the Evergreen neighbors are organized and are working with the moving company and the owners to resolve these issues. In a letter dated April 23, 2008 addressed to Atlantic Building Movers and the property owners, David and Debra Ferris (of 4113 Ridgebrook Bluffs Drive, Raleigh, NC), the neighbors outlined the remaining repairs that needed to be made. The Evergreen Avenue Association President, Andy Osterlund, is confident that these issues can be resolved in a timely manor and confident that the repairs will met everyone’s expectations.  Over email, Andy stated that “The mover has taken my calls every time, and has been very professional and quick to act on these complaints.”

Evergreen Avenue Oct 24 Meeting

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

This evening (Oct 24, 2007) I attended a meeting for the Evergreen Avenue Neighborhood Association (EANA). Andy, their neighborhood advocate, invited me to share some of the things going on in the Lineberry Alliance. I was glad to attend and share our successes, ideas, and struggles.

Evergreen Avenue

I gave a brief overview of the Lineberry Alliance and the Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch. I told them about our vision for Lineberry Park, the neighborhood plan, and the PRR-Watch real estate information flyer. I also gave them lots of information about the City of Raleigh, the PROP, front yard parking, 911.

Their concerns and issues are the same that we have in our neighborhood. Crime. Unmanaged and empty rental property. Front yard parking. Illegal street parking (trailers, unlicensed vehicles). Bus stop safety. The same stuff that I hear time and time again at different neighborhood meetings that I attend.

This stresses the importance of the core essence of the Lineberry Alliance. The unification of different neighborhood groups (HOA’s, Neighborhood Associations, Community Watches) to share information, experiences, and tackle the issues that each group faces from a neighborhood level. And when you think about the power the many neighborhoods can have working together and community-based assets, we can make our neighborhood a destination place to live in Raleigh.

EANA is excited about the opportunities that the Lineberry Alliance can help grow their group, gather additional neighborhood interest, and become more informed citizens. One thing that really impressed me was their annual neighborhood awards. At this evenings meeting, the nominated and voted for several categories to award their neighbors. Best landscape, Best kept yard, Most improved property, and Most outgoing neighbor. A great way to reward good community.